Knitting round in circles

We have some really exciting topics coming up in our 2017 programme, from socks to knitting revolutionary Elizabeth Zimmermann – and knitting in circles seems to be the common theme!

Everything you wanted to know about socks but were too frightened to ask! IMG_20161020_111220076[1]

For starters, we have a truly comprehensive sock knitting course starting on Jan 4th.  Not content with workshops on turning heels, knitting in the round or magic loop cast-ons, we’re going to do it all!  Two different tutors with very different styles will teach first traditional cuff-down sock making and then the alternative toe-up version.  We’ll have the chance to compare using double pointed needles with circulars and time enough to really get to grips with gussets, heel flaps and grafting.  The classes run on Wednesday evenings for 6 two-hour sessions, with a celebratory meet up planned after the end of the course to compare our second socks.

Knitting the Elizabeth Zimmermann way

Then on Sunday 22 January we are delighted to be welcoming Tricia Holman, niece of the celebrated Elizabeth Zimmermann, to teach an afternoon workshop and then give an evening talk.  Wikipedia describes Zimmermann as having “revolutionized the modern practice of knitting” and it seems that the craft runs in the family genes. Tricia’s workshop will concentrate on colour knitting in the round, using both left and right hands to control the different yarns.  If that sounds a bit too technical for you, her evening talk will give us insights into her aunt’s whole approach to knitting and design, using examples of Zimmermann’s own work.

If knitting’s not your thing, we’ll have both morning and evening beginners’ crochet classes and we will be picking up on our Tuesday tutorials again – so there are lots of opportunities to learn something new in the New Year.

Details of the whole programme are over on our “Groups and Classes” page, or you can give us a call if you have further questions.